It’s only been a week since we learned that Pia Toscano—the American Idol contestant whose ninth-place finish caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the judges and fans—had in fact scored a long-rumored record deal with Interscope.
But thanks to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and the ever-impatient Internet, we can already listen to the debut single from season 10’s cause célèbre. Check it out here:
On “This Time,” the 22-year-old vocal powerhouse underplays her Celine-styled glory notes and delivers a wistful ballad about finding empowerment after heartbreak—it’s a melancholy yet resolute statement of self-worth that Pia adroitly inhabits with her full-bodied voice.
In short, it’s the kind of tune we can expect to hear Rachel Berry singing the next time Finn screws up: Sad, relatable, and a touch awe-inspiring.
Readers, do you agree?
More on EW.com:
YouTube sensation Christina Grimmie: The 17 year-old singer talks about her new album and opening for Selena Gomez on tour
Rihanna talks Chris Brown aftermath: ‘It was a very aggressive and defensive time’
Adele, Katy Perry help music sales go up for the first time in seven years